Gardening Articles: Edibles :: Vegetables

Color in the Vegetable Garden

by National Gardening Association Editors


Planting flowers in among your vegetables certainly adds color to the food garden, but it’s not the only way to liven things up. Why not try planting some colorful vegetables to delight the eye as well as the taste buds? Burpee Seeds has introduced several new varieties that will add spice to your garden and table with their vibrant colors.

The ‘Tye-Dye’ tomato (78 days) is a bicolor hybrid with an unusual marbling of red and gold. It delivers the great flavor of heirloom varieties such as ‘Big Rainbow’, but with bigger yields, consistent form and better disease resistance. The fruits on this indeterminate variety are sweet and mild.

With fruits as large as 12 ounces, ‘Orange Wellington’ tomatoes (75 days) add a burst of orange to the garden’s green. Borne on indeterminate vines, these heavyweights are meaty and nearly seedless, ripening in mid to late summer.

If tomatoes aren’t your thing, how about cauliflower instead? ‘Colored Mix’ (55 days) produces heads of purple, green and yellowish-orange along with the more familiar white. This variety is loaded with Vitamin A and is perfect for making a rainbow salad.

For more information on these new veggies, go to: Burpee’s New Varieties for 2010.

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